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RX Vega Testing 2 weeks 1 day ago #15812

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Hi Steve

The pricing of RX Vega looks very attractive. It makes me wonder if AMD is attempting to Wall-Off its existing Polaris Customer Base from NVIDIA. With that is mind when you test RX Vega can you test it side by side with an RX 480/RX 580 ?

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RX Vega Testing 2 weeks 1 day ago #15815

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RX Vega Testing 1 week 4 days ago #15871

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Thanks for the reply I7Baby. Have you seen the new info about Vega that hit the street late last week ?

1) According to source trusted by Tweaktown the RX Vega 56 put up numbers in Benchmark Comparisons with the 1070 that thumped the 1070 in every one of 6 different games. That is far from complete but very encouraging nonetheless. Considering the RX Vega 56 is priced below the 1070 NVIDIA will either have to respond by adjusting the 1070 or accept its inevitable demise as a gaming card.

2) The second interesting tidbit comes OCUK (Over Clockers UK). In a forum post 'Gibbo' , an OCUK Staffer, claimed the Vega (did not specify which version) attained a hash rate of 75-100 Mhs. This compares 25 Mhs for the RX-580. There is still a great deal of question surrounding this claim. When pressed on the matter Gibbo says is was reported to them through a leak of an AIB Partner. If this number is indeed true it could well mean Vega could come under the same pressure from Crypto-Currency Miners that faced Polaris Cards. Again the lack of any information about which card the reported Hash rate does carry some degree of significance. The crucial parameter for Miners is the Hashrate per watt of power consumed. The cost of the card is a only partial determinant in how long it takes the Miner to make back his initially outlay of money. Hashrate per watt determines profit margin.

From what I have gathered at various sources it appears that Miners can make about 100 dollars/per card/per month using RX580s. A Ten Card Rig yields about 1000 dollars per month. Of course there are flucutations based upon the trading price of Ethereum and the Epoch Computation Formula. If the reports are correct and the Card tested was a Vega 64 which has a TDP 295 Watts a miner using RX-580s he could increase his income by 90% but upgrading his rig replacing the RX 580s with RX Vega 64s. If the card tested was an RX Vega 56 with a TDP of 210 Watts a Miner could increase his revenue over 150%. If this hashrate numbers are verified from my viewpoint it would seem the best strategy for AMD would be to place purchase restrictions on RX Vega 56s to preclude them from falling into the hands of Miners and then amping up RX Vega 64 production lines going Little Round Ones to the Wall in an effort to break the back of Miner demand. At the very least Polaris Cards will resurface on the second hand market once Miners begin to upgrade. That will set a very interesting dynamic in to motion. As the Polaris Cards hit the Used Market their prices will drop starting at 300 USD and head downward.Once word gets out to the Miner Community the value of Polaris Cards are dropping this compel Miners to upgrade to the more efficient Vega Card forcing up the demand for that product. The whole process feeds on itself and before you know it we will have massive numbers of RX-480s/580s whose price are in free fall whistling through 150 bucks. AMD makes a killing in this process selling Vega Cards to Miners at 499 USD who one year earlier were snapping up Polaris Cards for 229 USD. What it all comes down to does AMD have the extra manufacturing to produce the Vega 64 in the quantities to do this. Can AMD scare up the extra capacity to pull this off. My only guess where it could come from is trimming back Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 production. And I doubt anything will be done of this sort until after 4th Quarter Orders are fulfilled with a decent inventory built up.
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RX Vega Testing 1 week 3 days ago #15872

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I'm hoping GN can also add rendering performance to their testing. I'm after replacements for my R9 Nanos. They game like gtx980s, but render better than a 1080ti (I hope) - www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU15/1231
The Vegas COULD be a good replacement. Time will tell. Hopefully the mining boom will crash soon.
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